Gruelling charity run ends at West Kirby beach

rick kelsey and members
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A group of seven hardy runners have completed a 362 kilometre “Running Home For Christmas” challenge from London to West Kirby in aid of the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

The team took it in turns to run through the day and night, and the final stage undertaken by Rick Kelsey ended on West Kirby beach.

Rick, from Greasby was the motivator behind the venture as his friend Nick’s dad, Roger Jones, died from MND and he wanted to join the on-going fight to bring an end to the disease.

He was welcomed on the beach by his six colleagues, who all work for the Running Channel on YouTube, and members from the Wirral MNDA Group were also there to show their heartfelt appreciation for their sterling efforts.

The runners, who included 1500 metres Olympian Andy Baddeley, set off from Clerkenwell in London on Monday and made sure there was always at least one of them running on their epic journey.

Rick’s colleague Anna Harding explained that people who want to donate can do so by going to the website and follow the givestar link. People can also go to to donate.

“Those who also enjoy running and want to boost the total raised can join the Strava Club via the website and all their runs in December will be added to our totaliser. Runs on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day count double. The Running Channel has set a target of 1m kilometres for the month so every kilometre counts”, explained Anna.

Debbie Williams, Wirral Group chair person, who was among the welcoming party said: “We were delighted to welcome them to West Kirby and are totally full of gratitude and admiration for their efforts.

“It was an absolute privilege to be there and see Rick completing the final stage. Every penny raised will go to help research into this terrible disease and provide care for those living with it.”